First, this period board game looks AMAZING. (Better, maybe, than the profane version of Exploding Kittens or the collector’s edition of Slamwich…)
Second, though we’ve hit pause for a few months, we’re still working away in the background, ordering pieces, collecting bios, and selecting a title (it’s not publisher-approved YET, so we’ll wait to share it…).
So: we’re now looking at a 2018 pub date. We’ll update this space when we have more news…
But: we’re SO proud of all the contributions, which include everything from spoken word poems to lyrics to avant-garde poems to comix to illness narratives to speculative fictions, from writers from the ages of 22-75.
We can’t wait to share it with you! And we think that it’ll be worth the wait.
So: we’ve missed our promised get-back-to-contributors date by about three weeks.
Does this mean that the anthology is preggers?
Well, things are pretty far along, just not as far as we’d hoped. To drop the period-patter, November was a very overwrought and illness-y month.
But we’re all feeling better and we should have acceptances/rejections out in the next few weeks..thanks for your patience!
Finally, we got far more poetry and prose than we could possibly use. But it was such a bloody honour to read your work. Thanks for sharing it with us…
Renée Cohen sent us the following titles for our as-yet-unnamed menstruation anthology and then ALSO agreed to let us share them with the following proviso: “be forewarned, they are mostly silly.”
Go with the Flow!
Flowing Words, Bleeding Thoughts
It’s That Time Again!
You Mean it isn’t Supposed to be Blue? (like in the TV Ads)
The Red Book
Shedding Our Thoughts and Uterine Linings
Send us your serious suggestions + also your silly ones, please!
It’s November 2. I’m glad that this month’s period, that lasted a full two weeks, is finally over.
And, after extending our original deadline two weeks to October 31, I’d glad to say that we’ve received more than 244 submissions to the menstruation anthology.
Two thoughts spring to mind:
- 244! Yaaaaay!
- Tanis and Rosanna and I have a lot of work ahead of us, reading and sorting and shortlisting. Glorious/gory work, but work nevertheless.
If you’ve submitted a story or essay or poem or comic or something else altogether, you can expect to hear from us sometime in November.
If you haven’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t submit but are still here, reading this post, how about suggesting a title for the anthology? (I sort of like “Free Bleed.”)
Thanks ever so much!
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Yesterday, I posted the following to Facebook:
“So: the DEADLINE for the menstruation anthology Tanis MacDonald, Rosanna Deerchild and I are editing is in TWO DAYS. SUBMIT! Or ASK NICELY FOR AN EXTENSION! But: DO SOMETHING.”
And I proceeded to have conversations with all kinds of writers that I admire over the course of the day.
I’d given five or six extensions by bedtime.
This morning, Rosanna and Tanis and I chatted briefly. They’d both had the same day: “YES you can have an EXTENSION + WHOA that sounds like a good poem/essay/story.”
Given that there are probably lots of people we DON’T know in a similar situation, we’ve agreed to offer the extension more widely.
So: the new deadline for submissions is October 31.
We’re super excited by all the submissions we’ve gotten so far and all the submissions we’ve been promised.
My boobs hurt, so it must be time to remind you to submit to our gory little anthology.
The deadline for submissions is October 15, so this is your last menstruation-themed reminder.
So: submit your period prose, your poetry, your mixed-genre work. Submit your bloody artwork & comics
I’m really really looking forward to what you come up with.
Here are some recent articles about menstruation, in case you should need some bloody inspiration:
- New Bodyform Period Ad Uses Actual Blood And It’s Amazing: HuffPo.ca
- Chinese swimmer and media darling shocks fans with personal revelation: NYT
- The (Very) Puritanical Online Censorship of Periods: The Establishment
- How do women handle their periods in space?: CNN
- “Shake S**t Up!”: Kiran Gandhi Talks Stigma: Girls’ Globe
Have I missed anything? Lemme know in the comments.
From an excellent article by Jess Dunkin on canoe trips and menstruation in the 1920s and 30s for NICHE:
“In the fall of 1981 at the age of 72, Mary Northway found herself back at Glen Bernard (GBC), a private girls camp near Sundridge, Ontario, where she had spent almost two decades as a camper and staff member in the 1920s and 1930s. She had returned to share her recollections of these experiences with Doré Millichamp, a friend from Toronto. The two women recorded their conversation as they perambulated through the camp property. As they approached a small stream that ran through the centre of GBC Mary confided to her companion:
I don’t suppose I should put this on tape, but…Maria and I wanted very much to go on a long canoe trip…and we both thought that it was about the time we’d be under the weather. And Maria’s sister, a nurse, told us if we sat in cold water it would push forward. So, we’d go down every morning and sit in this stream that’s as icy as can be. 
If the meaning of Mary’s confession is unclear, an excerpt from Esther Keyser’s autobiography, Paddle My Own Canoe, may be helpful:
[Northway Lodge]’s approach to female hygiene, which I took for granted at the time, was that girls who were menstruating were not allowed to go on canoe trips. None of our modern sanitary supplies had been invented. Washable rags served the same purpose as sanitary napkins and tampons. Before a canoe trip, we would be asked if we would be menstruating. The question was usually asked, “Will you be sick during the time of the trip?” 
Which makes me curious. Those of you who went on long back-country camping or canoeing trips, how did you deal with menstruation? Did you begrudge the weight of pads or tampons to an already full pack?